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WannaCry Ransomware Outbreak

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You may have heard about the WannaCry ransomware attack that affected computer users worldwide (see this BBC story for the full details along with some technical details at Bleeping Computer). If Weston patches your Windows systems as part of our CompleteCare or other managed patching services, we applied a Microsoft patch to your covered machines back in mid-March that will help protect your computer from this particular ransomware (we also forced the install of the patch recently for machines that hadn’t been online for a while). However, this is yet another reminder to be extremely vigilant about what links you click on and what emails you open. Backups and business continuity planning are also critical if you are infected (read our recent whitepaper for more information on the Business Guide to Ransomware).

Even if you get an email and attachment from someone that you know, if you were not expecting it, contact that person and make sure it was sent by them. Many of these attacks utilize software that will attempt to impersonate an email user and send an email to everyone in their contact list.

If you are a HIPAA-regulated environment (or even if you're not), we recommend reading our blog article on ransomware and HIPAA and the various ways you can help protect yourself

Backups are still the best way to protect yourself. If you do manage to get encrypted with early variants of WannaCry, don’t reboot your computer as the recently-released Wannakey tool might be able to get the encryption keys. The early versions of the malware were poorly written and had a kill switch that slowed things down from becoming a lot worse than it was (new variants have since fixed those flaws).

It's a brave new world out there, stay vigilant.

-- Your Weston Support Team

World Backup Day

Posted by on in Best Practices

backup recoveryMarch 31 is World Backup Day. It’s a day where you commit to making sure you are running backups. At Weston, we believe backups are great. We also believe that having properly tested and monitored backups is even better. And for your business, we believe that a business continuity plan is vitally important.

healthcareIT2A hospital in the UK was hit with ransomware and had to cancel surgeries and operations . Could your business survive if a major part of it was shut down for five days unexpectedly? There are solutions. While ransomware prevention is the ideal primary goal, getting back up and running quickly is paramount to long-term financial stability. Having a good business continuity plan is critical and we encourage you to read our whitepaper on healthcare business continuity.

Tweaking Your WestonBlock Settings

Posted by on in How To

WestonBlockWe mentioned earlier this year that changes were coming to backend services that powered WestonBlock. We migrated all but a couple folks to the new system now. The new system allows you to tweak your own personal settings so that WestonBlock works the way you want to. In this article, we go through a few of those settings that will allow you to personalize WestonBlock to best fit your usage habits.

HIPAAIf you’re a healthcare company, you know how keeping your operation upright and minimizing downtime and keeping your patient data safe is critical. We have talked about the importance of planning for the worst, even learning from our own example. As a healthcare company, your patients are your number one priority. Should any of this information become compromised, it can hinder your ability to deliver healthcare services. On top of that, entire systems can fall victim to ransomware, locking healthcare providers out of important patient data. As people’s lives can quite literally depend on a healthcare provider’s ability to access their health information, there isn’t any time to waste and you need to have a solution in-place. Download Weston’s free whitepaper on Healthcare Business Continuity in Healthcare to discover how much you could lose, how vulnerable you are, and how you can protect yourself.